Hundreds to relay hope of a cancer-free future tomorrow

THEY’RE OFF: Cancer survivors and carers lead in a previous year’s Relay for Life in Ballina.
THEY’RE OFF: Cancer survivors and carers lead in a previous year’s Relay for Life in Ballina. Graham Broadhead

CANCER affects one in two people during their lifetime, and so tomorrow hundreds of locals will be taking action with Relay for Life.

This year will mark 10 years since the beginning of the Ballina Relay for Life, and Cancer Council NSW community relations co-ordinator Yonit Kittay said the team was hoping for a great fundraising outcome.

Ballina Relay For Life starts 3pm tomorrow at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina. Registration is $20 per person.

Across the course of the Ballina Shire's relay history, the community has raised $451,347 towards cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

"At the moment we're on $47,000 raised this year, and we're hoping to hit the $90,000 mark," Ms Kittay said.

Every year across NSW, about 48,000 people take to the track at local Relay for Life events to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight back against the disease.

With 458 people and 45 teams registered already for Ballina's relay, and the weather looking perfect, it was shaping up to be a great time, Ms Kittay said.

"The local community of Ballina Shire really look forward to this event and our strong volunteer base of organisers have been working hard to prepare for the big weekend," Ms Kittay said.

If you haven't signed up to participate in this year's event, don't worry - you can still sign up on the day. In fact Ms Kittay said they would welcome anyone who wanted to come down and give the relay a crack.

"Every little bit helps," she said.

The event kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, and runs until Sunday morning's finishing ceremony, starting sometime between 8.30-9am.

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